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Tommy Washbush

With workshops in graphic medicine and courses in comics, UW-Madison is becoming a hotbed for an art form that is growing in popularity. Jay Rath looks at the long history of cartooning in the city and state, and promising developments on campus. more

Isthmus Cover Stories

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Douglas Otto

As Madison’s third Wizard World wrapped up on Sept. 24, the annual comic con was plagued with guest cancellations. Luckily, Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee was here to save the day. more

SCREENS

Clyde Stubblefield lives on in many ways. But one of the more interesting tributes that has cropped up since his death in February is in the form of a coloring book, created by Carolynn Schwartz, the lead singer for the Clyde Stubblefield All Stars. more

MUSIC

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Ryan Michael Wisniewski

Geeks Mania is a refuge for nostalgia seekers and next-gen gamers. The Odana Road arcade and comics/collectibles shop features pinball, vintage video games and gamer meeting space. more

Emphasis

May 7 is Free Comic Book Day. Isthmus used the occasion to visit some Madison comic book retailers to find out whether the flood of superhero films affects their day-to-day operations. more

Books

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Chris Collins

An Isthmus writer gets a quick role change when he is asked to moderate two panels at Wizard World Madison convention. Aaron R. Conklin finds it’s different on the other side of the fans’ adoration. more

A & E

This year’s Wizard World Comic Con offers a chance to reconnect with one of our own: Mike Baron, the two-time Eisner-winning comic book writer who called Madison home in the 1980s and ’90s and was a contributing writer to Isthmus. more

A & E

There’s some potent subtext rolling around in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. more

Movies

Elections are coming up, on Tuesday, April 7 in fact. Does anyone really care? more

, Cartoons

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Chris Collins

It's a pretty safe bet that Paul Soglin never expected his mayoral campaign to include sharing a stage with Groot, Lando Calrissian and Chad Vader, but there he is, sandwiched between a remarkably accurate cosplay version of Marvel's regenerating ali more

A & E

If you want to drink a super-sized stein of the beer at home you'd better plan to move faster than the Avengers' Quicksilver: Only around 150 bottles will be available at local liquor purveyors... more

Beer

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Tommy Washbush

Call it a geek-culture state fair, a pop-culture spectacle or an entertainment circus. But whatever moniker you choose to slap on : Wizard World Comic Con, you'd better also slap on your sword and superhero boots. more

Games